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I'm seldom posting lately because I have computer problems but I couldn't pass up a chance to post this, even if it is via not-my-computer.

Someone in Chili's marketing department may have just learned to look a little closer at organizations they ally themselves with before associating their company's name with them.

Chili's Nixes Autism Event After Backlash

Excerpt:

Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that states on its website that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position that has been widely discredited by the medical community.
http://abcnews.go.com/...

Update:
This computer (not-my-computer) has only crashed once (so far) so I've had the chance to research this story further.

Here's a much better article with far more details, including this

...[The National Autism Association website] directs users to the National Vaccine Information Center, a nonprofit organization which has been described as “… the most powerful anti-vaccine organization in America, and its relationship with the U.S. government consists almost entirely of opposing federal efforts aimed at vaccinating children.”
http://www.rawstory.com/...

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Comment Preferences

  •  Points to Chilis (9+ / 0-)

    for reversing course.

    Mistakes happen, of course, though this was definitely an unforced error on their part.

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 12:35:20 PM PDT

  •  Chili's looked at their facebook page (3+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, catwho, Batya the Toon

    Apparently, a whole ton of people called them out on supporting the anti-vaxxers. Chili's moved pretty quickly on this.


    Every time my iPhone battery gets down to 47%, I think of Mitt Romney.

    by bobinson on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 01:16:35 PM PDT

  •  Even my cousin who has a (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eyesbright, catwho

    supposedly* autistic son and tends to believe any conspiracy urban legend bullshit found on the internet was praising Chili's for not associating with anti-vaxxers. I would've thought for sure she was anti-vax.

    *I say supposedly because her picture should be on the Wikipedia page for Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, so I never know if her kids actually have the illnesses, disorders, and diseases she claims they do on Facebook because every week it's something new.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 01:24:42 PM PDT

  •  Incredibly irresponsible from this organization (0+ / 0-)

    that calls itself the National Autism Association.

    This quote especially irritated me:

    "We haven't even looked at that page — it's been up there for years," she said of the section on the group's site that says vaccines can trigger autism.
    And then this one really pissed me off (and fully justifies the public outrage at them):
    "There has always been a lot of debate," Fournier said. "It hasn't been answered whether or not vaccines can cause autism."
    Wrong!  The question has been answered, repeatedly and scientifically.  Science!  She should try it.  

    When an organization that makes its living from a disease is buying in to bogus conspiracy theory, especially one that's been disproven and rebuked over and over again, that organization deserves no credibility.  None.Zero.Zip.Nada.

    They don't win until we quit fighting!

    by Eyesbright on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 01:42:32 PM PDT

  •  Awesome! I'd go to Chilis (2+ / 0-)
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    chicago minx, Eyesbright

    if it didn't give me three reasons to stop along the road on my way home...

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